Seinarukana, JAST USA’s upcoming RPG/Visual Novel hybrid, was confirmed for an all-ages Steam release last week. And just today JAST announced that its predecessor, Aselia the Eternal, has been submitted to Steam Greenlight, Steam’s program to determine which games do or don’t get accepted onto their service. For the unaware, Aselia the Eternal was an epic RPG/VN translated and released by JAST in 2011. Not long after its release, JAST announced plans to localize its sequel, Seinarukana, and it entered into a long and troubled development period.
With this news, we have some insight on what was taking so long. Not only is Seinarukana getting a Steam release, they’re porting over and translating all of the PSP-exclusive content meant to replace the 18+ scenes. The game’s translator, Aroduc, has recently claimed that him turning down the job to translate that material may have caused some of the delays. Now with news of Aselia’s Greenlight campaign, it seems JAST may be waiting to release Seinarukana until Aselia makes it onto the platform.
This news raises several questions, some of which we have the answer to, others we do not. To start, yes, Seinarukana will still be receiving physical and digital 18+ versions. It is unknown if these versions will receive the extra PSP content, but my gut says no since they were meant as replacement scenes. There’s also the question of Greenlight for Seinarukana. JAST has not talked about submitting Seinarukana to Greenlight, and has instead claimed that they are in the process of setting up the actual store page, implying that they are skipping that step. It first appears pretty odd that Seinarukana can skip Greenlight but Aselia cannot, but remember that in 2011 before Greenlight was a thing, JAST attempted to submit Aselia to Steam and were denied. This may be a consequence of that.
And of course, the ultimate question is “when”? There is still no indication of when they plan on releasing these games. The Aselia Greenlight page has no estimated release date listed, and Seinarukana is still in the nebulous “soon” state it has been for a couple years now. My suspicion is that they will want to release Aselia onto Steam first. They still have also yet to print the discs and packaging materials for Seinarukana, and JAST’s printing facility is closed for the winter, so expect a wait of at least a few more months. Or possibly more, this is JAST after all. Don’t forget to vote here for Aselia if you wish to see it on Steam!
Update: JAST has launched Seinarukana’s official site, link here. Go there to find information on the story, characters, and gameplay. Still no release date.